Chateau de Lamarque Haut Medoc Bordeaux, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau de Lamarque Haut Medoc with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairings. Learn the best vintages, the history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau de Lamarque History, Overview

Chateau de Lamarque is one of the more picturesque, old castles in the Medoc. The original chateau was built at some point in the 1300s, although parts of the original design could be several centuries older. While today, the property is a vineyard, at the time it was created, due to its location on the riverbank, the estate offered protection to the local citizens from attacks by Vikings, which explains its fortified appearance.

The castle also served as a military fortress during the Hundred Years War. Following the French Revolution, Chateau de Lamarque became a full-time working vineyard and winery. Today, Chateau de Lamarque is owned and managed by Pierre-Gilles Gromand-Brunet d’Evry, whose family has a long history in the Bordeaux region. In fact, they are direct descendants of the de Lamarque family. This makes them the longest, unbroken line of ownership in the world of any wine family!

The estate has a long history as a vineyard as well, as vines were planted there s far back as in the 1400s. It is well worth visiting the property for its castle and history. Chateau de Lamarque is located just north of the appellation of Margaux, next to the Gironde river. It’s quite close to where you catch the ferry that brings you across the river to the Cotes de Bourg.

Chateau de Lamarque Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The Left Bank, 35-hectare vineyard of Chateau de Lamarque is planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. You can divide the vineyard into three main blocks with their best vines situated not far from Chateau Poujeaux in Moulis. The vineyard is located almost where the Margaux appellation stops and the St. Julien appellation starts.

The terroir is gravel, clay, and sandstone soils. The vines are on average, 35 years of age. Chateau de Lamarque uses optical sorting technology during the harvest.

Chateau de Lamarque is aged in traditional cement vats. Interestingly, you would not know they use cement tanks just by looking in the vat room. The design of the cellars places the cement vats directly inside the old wood tanks, hiding them from plain sight. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks.

To add more depth and weight to the wine, the tanks are bled, releasing about 15% of the wine. The wine is then aged in an average of 25% new, French oak barrels for 14 to 16 months before bottling. There is a second wine, D de Lamarque. On average, 20,000 cases of Chateau de Lamarque are produced each year.

The best vintages of Chateau de Lamarque are: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

When to Drink Chateau de Lamarque, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau de Lamarque can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau de Lamarque is usually better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age.

Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Lamarque offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-14 years of age after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Chateau de Lamarque with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau de Lamarque is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau de Lamarque is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.

Chateau de Lamarque is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.

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Château de Lamarque Wine Tasting Notes

17 Vintages 56,067 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2023
89
Flowers, mint, and tobacco add to the juicy, red currants in the nose, and on the medium-bodied, energetic, dusty, firm, palate. Give it a year or so in the cellar and it should add more softness to the wine. Drink from 2026-2042. 88-90 Pts.

Flowers, mint, and tobacco add to the juicy, red currants in the nose, and on the medium-bodied, energetic, dusty, firm, palate. Give it a year or so in the cellar and it should add more softness to the wine. Drink from 2026-2042. 88-90 Pts.

388 Views   Tasted
2022
92
The blackberries, and currants are soft, fresh, creamy and vibrant. The accents of flowers, cigar wrapper and herbs make everything even better! Drink from 2026-2042. 91-93 Pts.

The blackberries, and currants are soft, fresh, creamy and vibrant. The accents of flowers, cigar wrapper and herbs make everything even better! Drink from 2026-2042. 91-93 Pts.

1,946 Views   Tasted
2021
88
Tobacco, cedar and red currant filled, medium-bodied, lighter styled wine for early-drinking consumption. Drink from 2023-2028. 87-89

Tobacco, cedar and red currant filled, medium-bodied, lighter styled wine for early-drinking consumption. Drink from 2023-2028. 87-89

1,291 Views   Tasted
2020
91
Dried flowers, red fruits, tobacco, cedar and a hint of truffle create the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, lifted and a touch salty, with a round-textured, fruity, earthy, black cherry finish. Drink from 2024-2040.

Dried flowers, red fruits, tobacco, cedar and a hint of truffle create the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, lifted and a touch salty, with a round-textured, fruity, earthy, black cherry finish. Drink from 2024-2040.

1,167 Views   Tasted
Black raspberries, blackberries, espresso, cocoa, cedar, tobacco and herbs open the nose. On the palate, the wine is juicy, fresh, vibrant and fruit-filled, leaving with you loads of sweet, crisp, energetic currants and herbs with staying power. 89-90 Pts

Black raspberries, blackberries, espresso, cocoa, cedar, tobacco and herbs open the nose. On the palate, the wine is juicy, fresh, vibrant and fruit-filled, leaving with you loads of sweet, crisp, energetic currants and herbs with staying power. 89-90 Pts

1,782 Views   Tasted
2019
91
Espresso, cassis, blackberries and floral notes create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is soft, round and vibrant with a juicy core of fresh red berries that finishes with a touch of peppery spice on the backend for a nice addition to the finish. Just a year or two in the cellar is all this well-priced wine needs. Drink from 2023-2037.

Espresso, cassis, blackberries and floral notes create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is soft, round and vibrant with a juicy core of fresh red berries that finishes with a touch of peppery spice on the backend for a nice addition to the finish. Just a year or two in the cellar is all this well-priced wine needs. Drink from 2023-2037.

2,256 Views   Tasted
More body, depth and ripeness than usual, this wine offers freshness and fruit, along with a big, crisp juicy gulp of cassis, tobacco, cedar and earth. Full-bodied, with loads of volume and fruit, this is a perfect example of a Left Bank value wine. 90-92 Pts

More body, depth and ripeness than usual, this wine offers freshness and fruit, along with a big, crisp juicy gulp of cassis, tobacco, cedar and earth. Full-bodied, with loads of volume and fruit, this is a perfect example of a Left Bank value wine. 90-92 Pts

3,319 Views   Tasted
2018
90
Loads of fresh, ripe, juicy berries here. The wine offers a blast of fruit, cigar box, wet earth and peppery goodness. There is plenty or earthy red fruits in every sniff and sip. This has really added a lot since the aging process.

Loads of fresh, ripe, juicy berries here. The wine offers a blast of fruit, cigar box, wet earth and peppery goodness. There is plenty or earthy red fruits in every sniff and sip. This has really added a lot since the aging process.

3,165 Views   Tasted
Earthy, forest floor, tobacco and red fruits in a medium- bodied classic style. 87-89 Pts

Earthy, forest floor, tobacco and red fruits in a medium- bodied classic style. 87-89 Pts

1,727 Views   Tasted
2017
87
Sweet dark fruits are available out of the gate. Medium bodied, soft and forward, the wine delivers an open, fruity finish.

Sweet dark fruits are available out of the gate. Medium bodied, soft and forward, the wine delivers an open, fruity finish.

2,055 Views   Tasted
2016
90
With charm, fresh, red fruits, tobacco leaf, cedar and earth, the wine is medium bodied, fruity, forward and delivers a charming example of a Medoc for a fair price.

With charm, fresh, red fruits, tobacco leaf, cedar and earth, the wine is medium bodied, fruity, forward and delivers a charming example of a Medoc for a fair price.

3,003 Views   Tasted
With charm, fresh, dark red fruits, espresso and earthy aromas, the wine also offers lift, along with a fine tobacco and red fruit character in the finish.

With charm, fresh, dark red fruits, espresso and earthy aromas, the wine also offers lift, along with a fine tobacco and red fruit character in the finish.

3,757 Views   Tasted
2015
88
Earth, tobacco, cedar, smoke and black currants are already available with just a quick swirl. The wine is medium bodied, forward, delivering a soft, sweet, likable, fresh cherry charm that you can enjoy today.

Earth, tobacco, cedar, smoke and black currants are already available with just a quick swirl. The wine is medium bodied, forward, delivering a soft, sweet, likable, fresh cherry charm that you can enjoy today.

2,105 Views   Tasted
With a kiss of oak, earth and tobacco, the wine is medium bodied, forward, and offers a sweet, likable, fresh cherry charm from start to finish. 87 - 89 Pts

With a kiss of oak, earth and tobacco, the wine is medium bodied, forward, and offers a sweet, likable, fresh cherry charm from start to finish. 87 - 89 Pts

2,261 Views   Tasted
2014
88
Forward, upfront and almost crowd pleasing in style, with its dark red fruit, cedar and tobacco character. Give this easy drinking wine a few years to develop more complexity.

Forward, upfront and almost crowd pleasing in style, with its dark red fruit, cedar and tobacco character. Give this easy drinking wine a few years to develop more complexity.

5,421 Views   Tasted
2013
84
Medium bodied, early drinker, with a fresh, red plum, thyme and espresso personality.

Medium bodied, early drinker, with a fresh, red plum, thyme and espresso personality.

2,369 Views   Tasted
2012
88
Easy drinking forward, medium bodied, fresh, earthy, cassis and blackberry dominated wine for current drinking, at a fair price.

Easy drinking forward, medium bodied, fresh, earthy, cassis and blackberry dominated wine for current drinking, at a fair price.

4,332 Views   Tasted
2010
88
A great example of a Bordeaux value wine that blends tobacco, earth and cassis aromatics with a spicy, cassis and blackberry character. This can be enjoyed, for a more fruity experience, or aged a few more years, if you prefer even more earth and tobacco notes.

A great example of a Bordeaux value wine that blends tobacco, earth and cassis aromatics with a spicy, cassis and blackberry character. This can be enjoyed, for a more fruity experience, or aged a few more years, if you prefer even more earth and tobacco notes.

2,759 Views   Tasted
2009
88
Licorice, thyme, earth, ripe black cherries and espresso notes in the nose. Medium bodied, soft, open and ready for drinking, there is a touch of dryness in the finish. This is a nice example of a well priced, easy drinking Bordeaux value wine.

Licorice, thyme, earth, ripe black cherries and espresso notes in the nose. Medium bodied, soft, open and ready for drinking, there is a touch of dryness in the finish. This is a nice example of a well priced, easy drinking Bordeaux value wine.

2,543 Views   Tasted
2008
87
Soft, round, easy drinking charmer, with ample, earthy, red fruits, tobacco and cedar chest. Medium bodied, fresh and ready to go, this is a nice value wine.

Soft, round, easy drinking charmer, with ample, earthy, red fruits, tobacco and cedar chest. Medium bodied, fresh and ready to go, this is a nice value wine.

3,361 Views   Tasted
2005
85
Fully developed, with more secondary notes, wet earth, tobacco, olives, herbs, green pepper and cranberry than fruit remaining. Medium-bodied, bright, lean and with piquant red berries in the finish, there is no reason to hold this any longer.

Fully developed, with more secondary notes, wet earth, tobacco, olives, herbs, green pepper and cranberry than fruit remaining. Medium-bodied, bright, lean and with piquant red berries in the finish, there is no reason to hold this any longer.

2,499 Views   Tasted
2000
85
On the downslope, with more secondary character than fruit, though you can still find ripe red currants on the nose and medium-bodied, firm palate, along with tobacco, cedar, and peppery herbs.

On the downslope, with more secondary character than fruit, though you can still find ripe red currants on the nose and medium-bodied, firm palate, along with tobacco, cedar, and peppery herbs.

2,561 Views   Tasted